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Will Smith and Gene Hackman trigger rapid-fire suspense in ENEMY OF THE STATE on Blu-ray's high definition disc. The star-studded adventure "Rolling Stone" calls "a dynamite thriller" heats up as this volatile new format explodes onto the screen. After a Washington, D.C. attorney is given -- without his knowledge -- a video tying a top National Security Agency official to a political murder, he finds himself targeted by a relentless team of lethal NSA surveillance operatives. Watch as nonstop action meets cutting-edge technology in astounding 1080p, and hear the echo of every footstep with 5.1 48 kHz, 24-bit uncompressed audio. Surrender your senses to the awesome power of Blu-ray High Definition!
Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith) is a lawyer with a wife and family whose happily normal life is turned upside down after a chance meeting with a college buddy (Jason Lee) at a lingerie shop. Unbeknownst to the lawyer, he's just been burdened with a videotape of a congressman's assassination. Hot on the tail of this tape is a ruthless group of National Security Agents commanded by a belligerently ambitious fed named Reynolds (Jon Voight). Using surveillance from satellites, bugs, and other sophisticated snooping devices, the NSA infiltrates every facet of Dean's existence, tracing each physical and digital footprint he leaves. Driven by acute paranoia, Dean enlists the help of a clandestine former NSA operative named Brill (Gene Hackman), and Enemy of the State kicks into high-intensity hyperdrive.
Teaming up once again with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Top Gun director Tony Scott demonstrates his glossy style with clever cinematography and breakneck pacing. Will Smith proves that there's more to his success than a brash sense of humor, giving a versatile performance that plausibly illustrates a man cracking under the strain of paranoid turmoil. Hackman steals the show by essentially reprising his role from The Conversation--just imagine his memorable character Harry Caul some 20 years later. Most of all, the film's depiction of high-tech surveillance is highly convincing and dramatically compelling, making this a cautionary tale with more substance than you'd normally expect from a Scott-Bruckheimer action extravaganza. --Jeremy Storey
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 3.39 Ounces
- Item model number : 05346400
- Director : Tony Scott
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Anamorphic, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 12 minutes
- Release date : November 21, 2006
- Actors : Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Regina King, Loren Dean
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Touchstone Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000J6I0UC
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,640 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Regina King and John Voight are our main characters with John Voight as the “heavy.”
Basically, John is an AMBITIOUS and PARANOID deputy director of the FBI and tries desperately to manipulate an important political leader to “allow his party members to vote their conscience.“ This vote allow ILLEGAL surveillance of American citizens (4th amendment) without their knowledge ~ using their cable service which is a CRYSTAL CLEAR violation of their privacy. ⚫️SPOILER: The video evidence shows a murder and it will cause serious problems for somebody’s agenda.
Parts of this film may seem dated, but the concepts are fresh and frightening… A must-see fast-paced film at an EXCELLENT PRICE!
The film exposes all the ways that the government can keep track of people. Dean actually doesn’t have what the NSA is looking for which adds to the message that the authorities could sweep up the innocent along with the guilty as people’s privacy shrinks more and more.
The movie works on two levels. It’s a great thriller. Smith and Hackman play well off each other. It also has a good political message, which is more relevant today than when Enemy of the State originally came out.
Even when I first saw the movie the technology seemed dated. There is no reason to think these things aren't real. The more technology you use the easier it is to find you (Should we be trusting Norton?). The movie is paced perfectly. It alternates between action and exposition. Brill starts off as a ruthless renegade, and over the course of the movie we learn more about him. We end up seeing he is the same as Dean, someone who is trying to avoid the cross-hairs of the government's black vacuum cleaner.
The plot is very clever. The acting is superb. The pace is so skillfully measured that you hardly notice the time passing in your own environment, so caught up are you in the time speeding by in the film's.
There is a list of trivia to the amazon streaming entry of the film that points out errors. There may be many details that don't match up to the beliefs required to carry the intriguing plot forward. But you will never notice those details. The story is convincing. The details are trivial. At the very least, the technology in the movie is dated so that all obstacles have been surmounted already, anyway, with tech advances.
Most of all, most importantly, this is a timely movie because it displays a cynical look at government. Shocking to say, this cynical view is not appropriate now because of the turmoil in the Congress and the White House. The security and privacy issues are old news. Very old news. They were old when the film first appeared. And the posturing of government officials is priceless because it seems accurate. The ambulance-chasing media framing the villains who have prepared speeches for the 6 o'clock news ... old stuff. The government officials worried about their reputations and careers when caught in indiscretions and even high crimes!
Very clever movie. Timely and timeless. For me, it will always be Will Smith's best (and I'm a huge MIB fan.)
Are you a cat lover? You will love this movie. Watch and you will see why!
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Gene Hackman is an actor who I respect very highly, there's never been a film of his that I've not enjoyed, you do have to wait sometime for him to make his first appearance, but when he does he takes the film to another level, Will Smith and Jon Voigt both put in fine performances too and are supported by a large number of faces that I recognise including shorts stints by Jason Robards and Gabriel Byrne, but for fans of these 2 they are only in the film for around a 2 minutes each and that's it, which in the case of Jason Robards in particular is a shame.
I was glued to this film from start to finish wondering what was going to happen next and how on Earth were the good guys going to get out alive or if indeed were either of them going reach the end of the film.
The film goes along at a good steady rate, at times pretty racy, but I think the thing that I enjoyed most of all was the whole story of a government agency or indeed anyone trying to destroy someones life to cover their own mistake/crime and the extreme measures that they take in order to find the evidence that would bring them down.
Thought provoking in that if they can do what they do to a totally innocent person who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, then they could conceivably do this to anyone at anytime, maybe they already have?
"Enemy of the State" brings together an excellent cast, an important current topic (in fact it was ahead of its time when first made), suspense and action. For me, the action sequences took up too much of the film, but it is still a great film. And where a lot of films have an anti-climactic ending, this one gets the ending just right.
Will Smith and Jon Voight are both good, as always, but Gene Hackman is spectacularly well cast in this film. Possibly the best thing I have seen Gene Hackman do.